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Cortex (2008)

A retired police inspector is stricken with Alzheimer's and decides to move into a residential clinic where he is puzzled by the sudden deaths of several patients.

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Nicolas Boukhrief
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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Dussollier ... Charles Boyer
Marthe Keller ... Carole Rothmann
Julien Boisselier ... Thomas Boyer
Chantal Neuwirth Chantal Neuwirth ... Francine
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ... Sandra
Claude Perron ... Béatrice Monnier
Laure Salama Laure Salama ... Diane
Pascal Elbé ... Docteur Chenot
Aurore Clément ... Marie
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ... Louis Brunet
Serge Renko Serge Renko ... Jérémy
Elisabeth Macocco ... Hélène
Anne-Marie Faux Anne-Marie Faux ... Claire
Philippe Laudenbach ... Daniel
Olivier Lejeune Olivier Lejeune ... Martin Chaffour
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Storyline

After realizing he finds it hard to manage alone and not to be dependent upon his son Thomas any more, retired police inspector Charles Boyer, who suffers from Alzheimer's, decides to leave his apartment and move into The Residence, a clinic treating neuro-degenerative illnesses. But he is puzzled when several patients around him die unexpectedly. Is it a delusion of his disturbed mind or are murders really being committed? This will be the object of Charles' most difficult investigation ever. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Wild Bunch [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 January 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Кортекс See more »

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Budget:

€4,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Guillaume Canet was considered for the role of Thomas, finally played by Julien Boisselier. See more »

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Kaiserswalzer opus 437 (La valse de l'empereur)
(1889)
Composed by Johann Strauss
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Thirty years later
6 February 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

here they are again:André Dussolier and Marthe Keller.The French audience may remember they had teamed up in Claude Lelouch's almost prophetic "Toute Une Vie" .Watching them together is a strange experience.Aurore Clement ("Lacombe Lucien") is also part of the cast.

"Cortex" depicts a gloomy atmosphere with a certain success;the patients are treated like big babies,they have to swallow their sleeping pills under the nurses' watchful eye and they do not have much time to think.

Unfortunately,the plot is not really original :borrowing from HG Clouzot's "Les Espions" and Alain Jessua 's "Traitement De Choc" and repeating the same pattern as MTV "Carte Vermeille " (about an home for retired people),the ending is neither surprising nor suspenseful;one should note that "Carte Vermeille' had been written by first-class Boileau/Narcejac team;none of the writers can write a murder mystery as they did .

Watch it for the cast:you will understand the very meaning of the title in the last lines.


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